Mt Alvernia Hospital sets up clinic for needy
Mount Alvernia Hospital’s first community outreach medical clinic is now fully operational.
The facility, which started operations on Nov 2, is located at Redhill.
It is part of Enabling Village, an initiative of SG Enable, an agency dedicated to enabling persons with disabilities.
“One of the main beneficiaries we want to serve is people with disabilities who are also financially needy,” said Mr Goh Hock Soon, the Catholic hospital’s director of corporate development and community engagement.
The Mount Alvernia Outreach Medical Clinic provides general practitioner consultation and medication for the management of common colds and flu, fever, diarrhoea and constipation, joint aches and pains, headache and giddiness, and other acute illnesses.
The facility, which is fully funded by the hospital, is staffed with doctors and a nurse, and is equipped with medical supplies.
Apart from serving people with disabilities, the clinic also seeks to assist those who need help to re-integrate into society.
“The ex-prisoners from the Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprises [SCORE] are an example,” said hospital CEO Lee Suen Ming. “A number of them still require help to reintegrate and to be gainfully employed before they can become self-sufficient. We decided to expand our cause by providing them with a familiar place where they know they will be treated for a small fee.”
The hospital said the clinic will work with organisations such as SG Enable, the National Council of Social Service (NCSS), Caritas Singapore and SCORE.
More partnerships with other voluntary welfare organisations to assist women or teenagers in pregnancy crisis, foreign workers and victims of human trafficking, are also being planned.
“We hope to set up a few more outreach clinics in different parts of Singapore over the next few years,” said Mr Goh.
Clinic members pay a nominal fee of $5 for all outpatient treatments. Applications can be submitted through partner VWO organisations.